Renault recalling Kwids, Datsun its redi-Go to fix fuel system fault

French automobile manufacturer Renault today announced that it is recalling around 50,000 units of its fast-selling Kwid cars in India to rectify a faulty fuel system.

Renault India said it is conducting a pre-emptive and voluntary inspection of select 0.8 L variants (800cc) of Kwid that were manufactured between October 2015 and 18 May 2016.

Renault will fix a fuel hose clip to the recalled cars to rectify the fault. It will also evaluate the overall functioning of the fuel systems so as to ensure continuous supply of fuel.

"As a proactive measure, a fuel hose clip will be added to these select cars along with the evaluation of overall functionality of the fuel system to mitigate any potential disruption of fuel supply," the company said in a statement.

"We are in the process of contacting customers, requesting them to come to dealerships to get their cars inspected," it added.

The company said owners won't be charged any cost for the inspection.

Renault launched the 0.8-litre engine Kwid in September 2015 with price tag of Rs2.64-3.73. With sales of the 800 cc Kwid picking up, the company also launched a 1.0 litre engine variant of the Kwid, priced at Rs 3.95 lakh, in August 2016.

While the company did not elaborate further, sources said only 10 percent of the recalled cars were likely to have been impacted by the issue.

Launched in September last year, Kwid has been a success for Renault in India. Initially, the car was available with an 800 cc engine at a price between Rs 2.64-3.73 lakh.

So far in the April-September period this fiscal, the company has sold 56,028 units of Kwid.

Similarly, Nissan said it is recalling 932 units of entry level car redi-Go from its Datsun brand in India to fix faulty fuel system.

"Datsun is conducting a voluntary recall campaign on certain India-manufactured Datsun redi-GO vehicles to inspect the fuel hose and fix a clip at no cost to the customer," Nissan Motor India said in a statement.

Datsun has started notifying affected owners in India from this month. The recall will affect units manufactured up to May 18 this year, a company official said.

The redi-GO hit the market on June 7 this year and has sold over 14,000 units.

Both Kwid and redi-Go are based on the same CMFA platform of the alliance. Both the vehicles are produced at the alliance's Chennai plant.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is a strategic partnership between Paris-based Renault and Yokohama-based Nissan, which together sell one in 10 cars worldwide.